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Critical Care Transport Treatment Information
Critical care transport services through LifeLine offer comprehensive services for patients who have experienced traumatic injury, including:
- Blood transfusions. LifeLine is the only transport service in Indiana that is approved to carry and administer blood transfusions in transit, greatly lowering the risk of hemorrhagic shock, the biggest cause of death related to traumatic injury. Staff receives special training from trauma surgeons to recognize signs of shock as well as use ultrasound to identify internal bleeding.
- Respiratory support. LifeLine vehicles are equipped with medical grade air compressors, high frequency ventilators and liquid oxygen, all of which allow us to support your loved one’s respiratory function while he or she is being transported. Receiving enough oxygen throughout the body is not only essential to avoid shock, but can also reduce damage to brain and other organs.
- Cardiovascular critical care. Our LifeLine teams are experts in resuscitation methods to restart the heart or correct abnormal heart rhythms. They also use medicines and other techniques to keep vital signs such as heart rate and blood pressure as stable as possible until arrival at the hospital for care. Equipment such as the i-Stat Handheld Blood Analyzer also helps our staff get reliable lab results fast with a small blood sample. These lab results contain valuable information about your loved one’s condition for immediate treatment or to allow physicians at the hospital to be ready to offer fast care.
- Neonatal and pediatric transport. Our youngest patients require specialized equipment and care. LifeLine staff receives additional certifications to care for pediatric patients and keep them calm and as comfortable as possible. Isolettes (specialized beds for infants) provide a highly controlled environment, ensuring infants are kept at the correct temperature, receive enough oxygen and have the fluids and medications they need. In addition to this advanced equipment, the crew even keeps stuffed animals on board to help relax children.
- Cloud. All IU Health hospitals, as well as about 76 other hospitals around Indiana, are connected to the Cloud, a wireless health records system that securely delivers medical information to the hospital receiving the patient. This system allows medical images and information from transport staff to be quickly accessed by our trauma physicians so they are prepared for a patient’s arrival. The Cloud ensures that all staff and equipment are in place so that patients receive efficient medical care.
- 24/7 support. Our transfer center is open at all hours to allow for quick, seamless transition between hospitals. The communication staff at the transfer center has years of experience in communicating with physicians and hospitals. They collect health information, dispatch LifeLine and notify the appropriate staff that a patient is on the way, increasing the speed and efficiency of care.
Critical Care Transport Support Services
If a family member has experienced a traumatic injury, they may need extra support and resources to help them through this difficult time. Find out more about these resources and trauma care in general at the websites below.
A Sampling of Critical Care Transport Support Services
American Trauma Society (ATS)
ATS shares information on where to find trauma care, prevent injuries and resources for trauma survivors on the website.
Trauma Survivors Network
Find support from other trauma survivors and their families on this website.
IU Health LifeLine
Learn more about IU Health LifeLine services, staff and transport vehicles by visiting our webpage.